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Post Options Post Options   Quote Neptune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 12 at 2:37pm
The only time my board gets adjusted is when i leave the shore and when i came back :)

I also found that in the 600 i was as quick leaving it down, i felt you could play the boat on any waves more aggressively/ confidently as the boat remained more stable and I didn't have to panic about the leeward mark and getting it back down again.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote NickM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 12 at 10:20pm
I bow to Jim Hunt's advice but I did say light airs only. My comment was based particularly on experience of sailing past (and through) about 10 boats at a Solo Open Meeting on a broad reach in a Force 1 sitting mostly forward of the thwart and heeling slightly to windward. But at 77kgs I'm not that heavy. I agree with other posters who say that you want to heel it enough to get neutral helm, not lee helm.
 
Jimbo: re training, I am sure that if you get onto the Association, they might agree to send a couple trainers along one weekend.  I would have thought that the Draycote Solo fleet would have done this in the past anyway.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ColPrice2002 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Dec 12 at 3:13pm
Hi,
 
"Colin, interesting that you are broaching dead downwind mate. I have never had this in a Solo, even in stupid winds. I have had a few 'Tank Slappers' but i always have a hand on the board control line to help get me out of jail. Jimbo, given Hunty a call mate if you want some cleaer understanding of what i was saying."
 
That's not quite what I meant...
On a dead run (Solo), I have only the "tiller nut" problems in steady winds. However, if I get hit by a gust - remember that I'm sailing inland on an old gravel pit - then there's a tendency for the Solo to gripe to windward. Using the rudder to correct this requires a lot of weather hem - slowing the boat - so the gust appears to be stronger.
By heeling to windward, the boat doesn't grip, and I can steer without putting on the brake...
 
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Colin
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